Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Help Wanted - New Xray Machine Needed

We recently had Jim Moore, Bill Wright, and Ken Thomas from World Medical Mission here with us for 2 weeks. They surveyed our medical equipment and electrical things in order to fix what they could and to help us know what we need to do to improve. Well they found a lot of stuff that they were able to fix and a lot more that they couldn't. Our hospital is in major need of electrical repairs, but is also in major need of a new Xray machine.
Our current Xray machine, apparently, stopped being produced about 35 yrs ago. Our plan was to move it into the new hospital and continue to use it, that is until the WMM guys showed up. Not only does it weigh a ton and we don't know how we would move it to the new hospital, it also has "30,000 wires" that need to be connected exactly as they are in order for it to work again. They gave it a less than 5% chance of ever working again if we tried to move it. Given the odds, we have determined we need a new one.
The WMM guys are able to get us a smaller, lighter unit that will actually take good Xrays. I haven't seen a nonPNG Xray in so long that I actually think our Xrays are pretty good, but truthfully they need improved. So we are in the process of having a new Xray machine purchased for us and sent over to us. A new machine will cost $35,000, so we are trying to raise this money. We already have $10,000, so we are on our way. If you would like to contribute, you can send a check that will be tax deductible to "Global Treasurer" designate "Work of Nazarene Hospital, Kudjip, PNG" send to Church of the Nazarene 17001 Praire Star Parkway Lenexa, KS 66220. Thanks for your support.